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Borrow a doll

Our historical American Girl doll collection has launched! Kaya, Kirsten, Addy, Kit, or Maryellen can now visit your home. Anyone with an SPL library card may borrow a doll for a period of one week. Each historical character includes a booklet about what life would have looked like for a girl their age living in our local area at the time, plus a journal for you to record your adventures together. Visit the Grove City Youth Services desk to check out and pick up a doll or call 614-875-6716 ext. 502 for more information.

Dolls are available to pick up at Grove City only at this time. A similar American Girl collection will launch at Westland Area Library this fall. 

Record your adventures

We encourage you to write in the journal and/or take pictures of all your adventures together to share with us. Tag and share your photos with us on social media:
Facebook @SPLFranklinCountyOH
Instagram: @southwestpl

Meet the dolls and their eras

The dolls in SPL's collection were selected to reflect similar characters appropriate to our local communities during their respective eras, with the booklets providing a bit of a “day-in-the-life” look had the characters lived locally. 

  • Kaya: 1760s
  • Kirsten: 1850s
  • Addy: 1860s
  • Kit: 1930s
  • Maryellen: 1950s

With special thanks to:

  • Donna Carter, SPL Board Trustee, for her generous sponsorship of the collection
  • SPL Information Assistant Chloe Dickson and Youth Services Assistant Dale Buck for their assistance with historical research
  • The Grove City Writers' Group, including authors Leanne Watkins, Diane Mechem Kinser, and Janet Shailer, for authoring the booklets

Library Hours

Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mon-Thu      9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Fri 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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Grove City Library

3959 Broadway
Grove City, OH 43123

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Westland Area Library

4740 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43228

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